Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Party!

November 3, 2014 by El Rio


El Rio hosted its first Day of the Dead Party on Saturday 1st November & it was a massive success!

Traditionally  in Mexico its celebrated over a 4 day period & is a national holiday. Its to celebrate the lives of family or friends who have passed by building private alters, honouring them with sugar skulls, flowers, candles & celebration. On the evening we celebrated the life of Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter who’s work had been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national & indigenous tradition. Her work were mainly self portrait’s as in her words  ” I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best”.

El Rio kept within the traditions & threw a party!

Guests were invited to dress up, with free face painting all night, live DJ’s, fancy tequila cocktails. The team from Elements – Margaret River helped us capture the  night with amazing photography by Mark Boskell. We wanted to help the community so we enlisted the help of Nathan Rose, a famous local surfboard shaper & with the amazing artwork from Natasha Bostock who drew a custom made 6ft surfboard with sugar skulls painted throughout. All proceeds from the board were donated to the local Disabled Surfing WA – South West.

We are already looking forward to making next years a bigger & better event.

Cheers – the team at El Rio






We are Finalist!

May 19, 2014 by El Rio

Good News All Round..

El Rio Margaret River has been named Finalist in the “Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence” for New Restaurant”  in the Western Australian Category.

We are super cuffed with our nomination & now finalist – as we are proud of our little bit of Mexican in Margaret River. We strive to create a fresh & authentic Mexican cuisine for the South West community & tourist alike. Winners are announced in August at the Perth Convention Centre, so keep your fingers crossed for us.


The El Rio Crew

Easter at El Rio

April 9, 2014 by El Rio

We are gearing up for a Massive Long Weekend here at El Rio … And we are open all Long Weekend including Good Friday !

Kicking things off on Good Friday we have the very talented Lightning Jack live in the courtyard from 5:30pm. ‘Lightning Jack’ is multi-instrumentalist Jack Ceriani. You’ll be truly impressed by the awesome talent of this young man who displays musical ability. Classic Blues at it’s best.

Easter Saturday we welcome back the darling of the South West music scene Paige Trantham the sparkly, deeply talented, sweet-as-honey songstress. A prolific writer from a very early age, Paige has a repertoire of around one hundred original songs, some deep and emotive, others catchy and light she will be kicking off at one her favourite venues – El Rio from 5:30pm.

Easter Sunday no need to rest as we have DJ Mandy B on the decks outside in the courtyard from 5:30pm pumping out some funky tunes to sit back relax – sip on some margaritas & watch the town go by..

Bookings are essential over the Easter Long Weekend, so don’t miss out. Call now book yourself a seat at one of Margaret Rivers newest cool venue! Ariba!!!